Saline School District Bond Measure (February 2011)
This measure was defeated
- YES 2,040 (44.32%)
- NO 2,563 (55.68%)
This was the second attempt by the school district to get approval of a bond, the previous attempt in August 2010 failed. This measure was asking for a smaller bond amount than the previous attempt, $22 million in additional money for the school. The money from this bond would have been used to help make improvement on school buildings and facilities. School officials scaled back the previous plan, making the bond amount smaller in hopes that it would have a better chance of passing. School officials were planning to hold public forums for residents to learn more about the bond and what the school's plans were.
At one of the informational meetings, residents noted that they did not understand what the money would be used for and why the question was being asked again so soon after it was defeated. Though it was also stated that the millage rate would not increase if this had been approved, the rate would just stay the same for a longer period of time. The superintendent stated that around 74 percent of the bond money would have gone towards improvements in the district such as upgrades to energy efficiency, building improvements and road projects around the school to help with traffic. At least 12 new school buses would also been bought with the remainder of the bond money.
The Mayor Pro-tem Brian Marl and the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Larry Osterling both came out in support of this measure noting that it was a good investment in the community and upgrading facilities to keep up with technology was always a good thing. It was noted that having strong schools which can compete helps ensures a vibrant and healthy community.
At one of the informational meeting, opponents to the measure noted that the language of the ballot was not accurate, it noted that 22 million would be borrowed when in actuality 29 million would have been borrowed, the 7 million would be the interest needed to be aid on the bond. They also noted that taxes would just get higher regardless because as people move away due to the tax burden the weight will shift to those that remain in the district.
- The Saline Reporter, "SALINE: School district voters defeat bond request," February 22, 2011
- AnnArbor.com, Saline schools will ask voters to pass revamped school bond in special election in February," November 24, 2010
- AnnArbor.com, "Saline Area Schools announces two community forums on bond proposal set for February vote," January 3, 2011
- AnnArbor.com, "Saline school board gets questions, update on February bond proposal," January 12, 2011
- AnnArbor.com, "Saline Area Schools officials present proposed $22 million bond extension for facilities, infrastructure," February 1, 2011
- The Saline Reporter, "SALINE: Community leaders endorse request for school bond extension," January 18, 2011
- The Saline Reporter, "Opposition surfaces against school bond proposal," February 8, 2011